Kate Middleton dodges the limelight to make secret call to NHS nurses as they battle Covid | Royal | News (Reports)


Kate carried out two engagements yesterday, according to the Court Circular, which records every official event attended by full-time working royals. The Duchess of Cambridge attended the first engagement of the day in her role of patron, reaching out to the organisation Nursing Now.

The engagement took place remotely, in line with the Government order to work from home wherever possible during the third national lockdown. 

The Court Circular noted, under the date of January 19: “The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron, Nursing Now Campaign, this afternoon held a Meeting via video link with nurses from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.” 

This international organisation is present in 117 countries and aims at improving health by raising the status and profile of nurses and midwives. 

Kate became the patron of this group in 2018, further broadening her commitment to champion children’s mental health and their wellbeing and her support to healthcare professionals. 

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In April last year, Kate renewed her support to Nursing Now and praise the work it was doing during the first wave of coronavirus infections.

In a letter she wrote to the organisation, she said: “I know you had so many plans for the Nursing Now campaign this year which have sadly had to be postponed.

“This international crisis has brought into sharp focus how much the global community relies on nurses and all healthcare professionals and it is clear that we will need to continue to champion the nursing profession long after the pandemic has ended.

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“I am here to support you in the future.

“Thank you for your continued work and I send you my very best wishes for the challenging times ahead.”

The Court Circular also stated Kate carried out another engagement yesterday. 

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The royal register read: “Her Royal Highness later spoke to Holocaust Survivors and Holocaust Educational Trust’s Youth Ambassadors via video link.” 

Last year, Kate marked the 75th year since the end of the Holocaust by taking part in an emotional and powerful initiative. 

The Duchess took pictures of two survivors of the genocide with their grandchildren and items of personal significance. 

Kate’s portraits of Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein were added to a photo exhibition which included 73 more pictures of survivors of the Holocaust. 

Kate and Prince William have been among the first members of the Royal Family to adopt video calls to be able to remain in touch with their patronages or support initiatives they care about. 

Providing support to NHS staff has been paramount for the Cambridges throughout the past year. 

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In April, the Duke of Cambridge pledged to make the mental wellbeing of frontline workers his “top priority” upon supporting the launch of the 24/7 platform Our Frontline. 

In December, Kate and William toured Wales, England and Scotland to meet in person NHS staff and people working in care homes and thank them for their relentless work. 

During this tour, as a memento of Kate and William’s work in support of the NHS, the couple officially became joint patrons of NHS Charities Together, a collective experience representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS’ official charities. 

Kate and Prince William are believed to be spending the third national lockdown at Anmer Hall, their home in Norfolk. 

Following the closure of schools across the country in a bid to quash the spread of Covid-19, the Duke and Duchess are also homeschooling their children. 


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